Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter is the latest in a long line of musicians to voice their opinion on the subject of illegal downloading. His comments can be read below.
While several musicians, including Dillinger Escape Plan’s Greg Puciato, Yngwie Malmsteen and Suffocation’s Guy Marchais have spoken out against fans that illegally download music, Carpenter said that he is happy for people to not pay for his.
He told loud guitars: “…I say hallelujah to them. You know, I say it for only one reason, the truth is people who download your music are your fans. Or people who are potentially going to become your fans. And if you’re going to be upset that someone is interested, or becoming interested in your stuff, then what’s the point. What are you doing?”
Carpenter argued that making music shouldn’t just be about the money: “If it’s all about money then certainly you’re going to be offended. But if your actual intent is to enjoy what you’re doing and have others enjoying it, then it should be a no brainer.”
Furthermore, the guitarist said that regardless of people’s opinion, illegal music downloading is here to stay: “I welcome all people to download the music. They won’t be the first, they won’t be the last, and for anyone to fight that… it’s futile.”

Suffocation guitarist Guy Marchais recently posted a video, which argued that downloading songs without the artist’s permission was stealing. The video can be viewed below.